Costa Coffee is set to open a branch of its international chain on King Street in the new year.
The store will create up to 10 jobs in Bridlington and will replace the existing Stead & Simpson shoe shop currently in number 45 King Street.
A spokesperson for Costa said: “As with all of our new store openings we will do all that we can to integrate ourselves with the local community, getting involved with events; providing the store as a meeting place and helping with fundraising.”
News of the shop’s move has stirred the interest of independent cafe staff around Bridlington, and many are resolute that their regulars will not stray over to Costa.
Stephanie Walters, who runs Tea @ Thyme in Prospect Street, said: “I have been here for four-and-a-half years and I have got a good local customer base. They will realise just how cheap my coffee is as it is quite expensive at Costa.
“Competition is healthy isn’t it? We could do with a few more big brand names.”
Award winning barista, Oakley Wheelwright at Crema Espresso Bar in Wellington Road, commented that independent and chain coffee shops can co-exist in a town.
He said: “Sometimes I think it can be beneficial to people like us. I do not feel that they will be encroaching on my coffee.”
Katie Clarke, who works at Macy’s in Promenade, said: “People come to the coast and look for beautiful old coffee shops, you can go anywhere and get a Costa. It might affect us to start with because it is a new thing but hopefully people will realise that we are actually nicer - we like to interact with our customers.”
However Amy Lavrack who also works at Macy’s said: “I think it is good if a company comes in like than then other big companies might come in to Bridlington. I would always pick independent but I’m just thinking about Bridlington.”
Linda Sadler, owner of Top 22 in Promenade, said: “I wouldn’t be bothered at all. Every time another coffee shop opens up it affects us to a degree. People try it and generally regulars come back. I do not think it will draw people to Bridlington; it won’t make the winter months any busier.”
Neil Watson, chair of Bridlington’s Chamber of Trade, said: “On the one hand it is good as Bridlington is getting recognised as somewhere it is good to do business.
“On the other hand it can only have a detrimental affect on the other coffee shops in the centre of town based on the fact that the market is unlikely to expand. I can’t see it being particularly positive for the number of very good coffee shops we have already got.”
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